Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,088
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing this one over.

Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber, thin white head forms, quickly disappears but drops some spots on the glass. Smell is insane, woody, crazy acidic, very lemony, hay, funky and sour, almost a grapefruit or tangerine acidity going on, touch of vinegar, pretty awesome. Taste is just as good, for woody and acidic, lemons, nectarines, light toasted/ashy oak, funk, very sour in the finish, but pleasant and balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable stuff. Damn this was a good lambic, thanks Scotty! (599 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from the Reno Sour Bottle Share @ St. James Infirmary, jmoore50 thanks a bunch, this is one of if not my favorite gueuze.

Pours a rough day of partying urine orange, small white head to it. Plenty of carbonation. Like champagne, this uses little bubbles. Much like the classic gueueze, a tart, tight and minerally funk permeates the nose. Mixture of pear and apple. Of course, there's lemon. Huge salivating sour factor.

Despite the funkiness in the nose, and the sour on the tongue, this really has a refreshing edge to it. Light hopping. Shares some of the apricot it seems from fou fune. Throw in a little hay and grassy notes, and you have a complex but clean and enjoyable gueuze that is balanced throughout from the first sip. (751 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Cuvee Saint-Gilloise (Champions) is a solid example of the style and one that I enjoyed. Good stuff! (151 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Saint-Gilloise Bottled on 04 Oct 2010, Opened on 9.25.12.

A - Pours a clear, copper orange with a huge off-white frothy head with amazing retention.

S - Lots of funk, green apples and pears are most noticeable.

T - Nice barnyard funk, then some tart lemon, apples, pears, and hay.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body. A crisp light finish on the tongue.

O - More muted, but I love the apple/pear flavors that dominate. (436 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and and capped bottle into tulip 2/11/11

A hazy golden orange with loads of tiny suspended particles being moved around by some pin prick bubbles that produce a sort lived head that leaves no lace, on par for the style

S funky as all hell with some lemon and almost smells like a big oaked chard with the vinous notes and wood

T some cereal on top of what smell, very dry and funky with some sour apple

M very tart with quite the pucker too it but smooth at the same time if that makes any sense, thicker then expected and just a few pinprick bubbles give it a little life

O pretty straight forward but great if you the funk, I might be tasting this tomorrow at this rate

I'm still a rookie in the world of lambic's but slowly I'm learning what I like, thanks Adam for bring this by (801 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright golden colour with big, creamy white head. Decent head retention for the style.

Wonderful aroma. Nice combination of tropical fruit, lime, earthy funk, oak and spicy hops. Very nice and well balanced.

Again the flavour combines a punch of fruit, tartness and hops. The funk is a little subdued but the tropical fruit and earthy, spicy hops is great. Moderate bitterness. Moderately tart. Incredibly balanced for a Cantillon Gueuze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A wonderful lambic. The dry hopping adds a nice note and the balance of yeast flavours in this one are great. (603 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, corked and capped, brewed January 2007 & bottled May 2009, purchased in Columbus for $17.99. After consuming a disappointing Fantome Noel, this beer turned out to be a real treat. It pours light straw color, clear in the first glass (and progressively hazier with subsequent pours due to sediments), with a thin wet foam. The aroma is classic barnyard funk but with a nice citrus edge (lemons, even moreso than in the Lou Pepe Gueuze I had last night). The taste starts sour and ends with a crisp tart bite and aftertaste of sour lemon juice. Maybe a little grape too. Wow, this is easy to drink (of course you have to like sour beers to agree with this sentiment). I have only seen this for sale once in my area, and bought it immediately. I'll do the same if I see it again in the future, an outstanding display of quality. (839 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped and corked bottle, back label says bottled 24 September 2012, best before September 2022. Labeled as Cuvée St-Gilloise. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it's smells like apricots, hay, funk, citrus peel and some peppery spice. The brew tastes like citrus (mostly lemon) peel, hay, funk, bready/grainy malt, oak, peppery spice, earthy/floralness, and some white grapes. There's a nice mix of tartness, fruitiness, and funky/earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, definitely worth picking up if you come across some! (758 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle Westside in Athens, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of nuanced funk - leather and wet hay. Also present are solid amounts of tropical fruit hops with hints of deeper earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart citrus flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of lighter citrus hops that temper the tartness. Midway through the sip the funk takes over, carrying through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was one of Cantillon's more interesting beers however I'm not sure it's one of my favorites made by them. Still, the hops add a nice dimension, making this well worth a shot. (1,024 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with an average size white foamy bubbly head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with barnyard funk, lemon and hints of grassiness from the hops. As it warms it gets much more funky to an almost cheese-like level, maybe that is the combo of Belgian funk yeast and the choice of the dry hops. Oak and some mustiness exist as well.

The tastes follow the nose with lemon, and grassy hops, then some cheesy funk and some more emerging earthy, musty funk notes. Wet hay and other dusty musty oak flavors add to the complexity as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is super funky, not super sour, but really musty and oaky.

Overall I enjoyed this beer albeit being nothing like I was expecting. I have not had a Cantillon with this much hop character but it was a nice chance of pace. There is the typical Cantillon funk which cannot be replicated to complement the dry hops and create a unique yet enjoyable experience. (997 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a light hazy gold with a decent white head and retention. Not much lacing here.

The aroma is prety nice and strong with a balance of nice tart horse funk and some hops. One of the first times I could get hops in a lambic.

The taste is like the aroma, nice funk with a hop finish.

The feel is nice with a dry finish and very drinkable.

Overall a pretty good geuze. (438 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this up in VT during my travels. This is a 2011 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear vibrant gold with a one finger head that quickly faded to leave a super thin fizzy cap that never left.

S - Getting ALOT of musty funk on this one. Mostly the basement funk here with some super light citrus. Not really as potent as most Cantillons.

T - Very, very sour here. Which is pretty nice. Not getting much fruit/citrus just super sour dusty sacks/basement. Really different. Not a super huge fan but it is tasty. The finish is the lingering sour with light wood and some light vinous qualities. Not as complex as other Cantillons.

M - Mouthfeel is solid as usual. Nice light, carbonation, super dry and tart.

O - Overall, while this is a tasty beer its possibly my least favourite Cantillon. For me, it just lacks the complexity of others. (891 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, consumed at moeder lambic. dont recall the vintage offhand

reviewed from brief notes

appearance: nice bottle, pours a pale straw-golden color into a cantillon tulip

smell: sour lemon, oak, funky yeast, citrus

taste: another fine unblended lambic consumed at a lovely rate - sour lemon, barnyard funk, white grape, tart apple. love cantillon

mouthfeel: lovely tartness

drinkability: good (406 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling, the last bottle at the Bier Stien, sweet! Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet (in honor of the Tour de France, as I'm not a football fan), Cuvée Des Champions is hazy dull gold with a pleasant amount of carbonation (note this is not a true lambic, or gueze, but a blend of 1 and 2 year old lambics, dry-hopped) that forms a white head that settles to a persistent skim, leaving very light, scattered lace.

Smell is fantastic, big pithy tropical citrus notes, lemon at first, but then some amazing orange creamsicle blossomed. A little wildflower, I'm not sure much is still there from the dry-hopping, but this brew is best drunk on the fresh side IMHO.

Taste is good, a nice lambic tartness but not overly sour, but very mineral laden, chalky, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is acidic, dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing beer, basically a gueze. Would love to try this fresh to enjoy the dry hopping more fully, but after only having the pleasure of enjoying this once before (thx Frank!!!!), I'm just happy to have gotten my hands on a bottle for myself. (1,122 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday

Pours a hazed golden color with orange hues. A layer of white head slowly dissolves leaving spots of lacing on the glass, light cloud of film retains for a bit.

Slight bitterness with funky tart notes in the nose. Fruit and oak with lemon, pear, apple, and damp tones. Very inviting and balanced.

A light notion of hops up front on the tongue, swept away by sour tones. Not intensely funky or sour, but a nice balance of oak, straw, hay, and fruit. Touches of pear, apple, and citrus are present amidst the tart flavors. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Medium body, nice carbonation, lingering and dry on the tongue. This was a bit of a surprise beer for me, and I was definitely into the addition of fresh hops amidst the already fantastic Cantillon funky/sour flavors. (827 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this even listed? This is the same damn beer as the cuvee des champions.

On tap at churchkey.
Pouring a hazy orange with a thin white head that recedes too quick, this looks decent. Imo, cantillon beers look better out of the bottle. The last vintage of champions was a screamingly good beer, and this 2010 vintage is close. The dry hop character is immediately noticeable, bright, vibrant, earthy, lemony, quite old world in character. Behind that lies a gentle cantillon funk with the usual suspects- grassy, barnyard and a little stilton cheese. Nothing like a wet dog or horseblanket though. Refreshing. The palate opens bright and vast with moderate acidity, with lemons and a touch more vinegar than i remember this beer having. The hop character is quite pronounced, reminding me of a good, grassy pils. Great balance. Drying and lemony on the finish, this is great stuff. Maybe a touch overcarbonated? I also get a light aspirin character. All told, a beautiful beer. While this might be a weaker vintage, i look forward to meeting jean van roy in a couple of days! (1,083 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - Cantillon in any form is always greatly appreciated. Cuvee de Champions (a.k.a. Cuvee St. Gilloise) pours a somewhat translucent, golden-yellow color with a huge, foamy, eggshell tinted head that fizzes up quickly and leaves some nice bouts of chunky lacing along the glass. Very volatile beer, as even a modest pour produces a huge layer of foam.

Before I even lean in to the glass, I can already smell the funk in this one. Extremely funky from start to finish; cheesy, musty barnyard, horse-blanket, wet hay, old cork... you name it. The funk is based off of that signature Cantillon aroma, but even takes it up a notch and amplifies it quite a bit. The funk is accompanied by some herbal lemon zest, a bit of grass and leaves, and a mild, abrupt tartness that is mostly akin to apples and white grapes. If anyone asks you what "funk" smells like, let them take a whiff of this.

Needless to say, I was very excited to finally toss this one down the gullet after the insanely funk aroma that had just pierced my nostrils. The first sip includes a nice round of pears and even some peach tartness that went primarily unnoticed in the aroma, along with smaller amounts of green apples and white grapes as noted earlier. The tartness exerts itself quickly, jolting your taste buds for a moment before fading away into nothing more than a lasting, fruity sweetness.

The funk is actually a bit toned down on the palate, although it's still incredibly apparent and certainly the most important part of this brew. Funky musk, damp cellar, and corky horse blanket all come to mind when tasting this brew. Sometimes it's hard to accurately describe the funk you're smelling, but those words all come to mind. Just know this - Cuvee de Champions is an incredible funky brew, bottom line. The mouth feel is pretty sparky with a nice, highly carbonated snap. Light bodied; slick with a dry aftertaste.

Probably one of the nicest additions of funk I've tasted - so incredibly funky while remaining drinkable and free from anything offensive or off-putting. A nice meshing of flavors with some fruits and a light, yet assertive tartness that keeps you coming back for more. If this were more easily available, it would be the "go-to" brew to introduce someone to the world of unabashed funk. (2,333 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Labelled St Gilloise. Sent to me by my friend in Calgary. Split with my girlfriend.

A - Cloudy deep orange pour. One finger fluffy white head. Spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Orange, vinegar, alcohol, dusty, lemon candy. Pleasant.

T - Acidic, way less tart and sour than expected, orange. Less complex than other Cantillon beers.

M - Medium carbonation, sweet and tart with a funky grape finish. Medium body.

O/D - OK. Definitely a letdown based on the reputation and my experience with Cantillon. Tame in all respects for a beer from them. Definitely not sour. OK, but certainly wanted more. (605 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured an orange-gold with a quarter inch bright white head with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose was citrus, cork and some french oak. Taste was citrus and a little woody. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some tartness up-front and a consistent background effervescence. Tartness stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks towards the latter half, before culminating in a slightly dry finish. Nice sour - not over the top and really quite drinkable for the style. (504 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky aromas and some yeast. There is a fruity tartness of apples, pears, and grapes but it is not overbearing. Floral and grassy hops with some citrus aromas. Some Dry wood, biscuit and crackers. This is great.
T: Again, this is just awesome. Funky barnyard flavors and yeast again. The perfect amount of sour and tartness with apple skins and grape tannin flavors. Some lingering hop flavors that are great. Grassy and floral with some citrus flavors. Quite A bit of hoppy flavors actually, but everything is perfectly balanced.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Crisp, very dry, and refreshing. This is incredibly smooth to drink. There is a lighter vinegar and acidic flavor here, and that makes it so easy to drink.

Plenty of funky flavors, sourness, and tartness here. Though the dry hopping really adds a unique depth of flavor. All in all a a great beer that should not be missed. One of my favorites. (1,107 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Cuvee Saint Gilloise and a different beer. Not sure why they are put together in one on here. Pour is a transparent golden peach with a very loose small bubbled white head. The nose has a lightly dusty funk, cob web, hint of sea salt and some zesty yeast notes. There are some golden fruits behind and a strong hp punch of juicy citrus and floral hops. The taste seems brighter and more balanced. Very dusty funk, lemon rind and a bit of sour peach. There is a fair bit of lingering sourness, citrus hops, and an assertive bitterness with just a light touch of heat. Medium body, very active and granular on the palate, high carb and fairly dry. This is starting to open up in flavor and has an interesting and awesome hop presence and bitterness but not quite balanced and integrated enough to be great. (816 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured fluorescent orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, funk, tart, and herbal. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, funk, wood, sour, spice, and herbal. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The hop character on this one really added a very unique touch to this style that I never would have thought possible. The fruit hoppiness really blended quite well with this brew and kept me interested after each sip. This could be a good gateway for some who like fruity hops and want to get into sours. Will be interesting to see what some age does to this brew as the hops start to fade. But as is, this is still a very solid brew. (943 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a lambic glass; 03-04 vintage

A somewhat dull orange underneath a thin layer of foam. The head was creamy and long lasting, never fully receding. The nose is full of tart apple, leather, tobacco, cider vinegar, and white grape skins. Soft and complex, with equal parts sweet and tart. The tartness leaps onto the palate with a punch of flavor. First, it was a good amount of earthy tones, then white grapes, tobacco, green apples, cider vinegar, sea salt, aged cheese, and a light, old oak flavor burst onto the palate. Holy complexity. Just waves of flavor on top of a bed of sour. Light to medium body, low carbonation with a sharp acidity. This is a damn fine gueuze with a tremendous amount of complexity. It could take days to truly break down everything going on. (790 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored beer with a large white head. Nice lace in a slightly hazy beer.

S - Great load of musty barnyard funk followed by some muted tartness and lighter fruits. Bit of hops with some apple and oak.

T - Musty with some hay, funk, lemon, sour apples (although not sugary) and some citrus hops bite that melds greatly with the softer sour notes of the rest of the beer.

M - Strong carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really great beer that was easy enough to drink and had a great flavor profile. Good stuff, would like more. (535 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant frothy off-white head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A wonderful combo of funky dry lactic oak with bits of lemon rind, white grape, and an earthy acidity to it. A beautiful harmonious aroma for the style. It does get more funky and earthy as it warms.

(T)- Lots of dry earthy Brett funk up front. Hits you with a good sour kick of lemon rind in the middle. Mildly grassy at the end.

(M)- A surprisingly high carbonation level, but in no way does this deter from the fell or enjoyment. Already has a good integration of oak and funk within its sourness. Still feels a bit hoppy on the finish, but it adds another dimension to the beer's profile.

(D)- Cantillon never disappoints. Yet another solid to great Gueuze from their lineup. Definitely will only get better with some more time since the dry hopping is definitely detectable. Great stuff. (1,013 characters)

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.